LiveSuit

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LiveSuit is developed by Allwinner as an installation application for computer systems (Linux, Windows, Mac) to flash the NAND for Allwinner chips.

You could also look at the Installing to NAND tutorial to flash and manage NAND using opensource tools.

Contents

Linux

For linux, we have gathered everything you need in one place.

Clone the repository

git clone https://github.com/linux-sunxi/sunxi-livesuite.git

Build and install the kernel module

Debian/Ubuntu

Before you can build this module, you first need to install dkms

apt-get install dkms

Now descend into the awusb directory and run

make

Now install the module in your module tree, and load it:

cp awusb.ko /lib/modules/`uname -r`/kernel/
depmod -a
modprobe awusb

Add the following 50-awusb.rules file to /etc/udev/rules.d, to be able to access the device as a normal user:

KERNEL=="aw_efex[0-9]*", MODE="0666"

Now reload udev rules to make the change active

udevadm control --reload-rules

Fedora

Before you can build this module, you first could need to install dkms and libusbx (maybe you need also nas-libs)

yum install dkms libusbx nas-libs

Now descend into the awusb directory and run

make

Now, as root, install the module in your module tree, and load it:

cp awusb.ko /lib/modules/`uname -r`/extra/
depmod -a
modprobe awusb.ko

Add the following 50-awusb.rules file to /etc/udev/rules.d, to be able to access the device as a normal user:

SUBSYSTEM!="usb_device",ACTION!="add",GOTO="objdev_rules_end"
#USBasp
ATTRS{idVendor}=="1f3a",ATTRS{idProduct}=="efe8",GROUP="yuorgrupid",MODE="0666"
LABEL="objdev_rules_end"

where "yuorgrupid" have to be substituted by the group id of your user.

Now reload udev rules to make the change active

udevadm control --reload-rules

Running LiveSuit

Just run the shell script directly:

./LiveSuit.sh

This will detect whether your system is x86 or x86-64 and will run the appropriate binaries.

Flashing an image

Warning: If you attach your FEL enabled device before you start LiveSuit, then LiveSuit will not detect it. You need to first start the LiveSuit application.

First, properly power down the device by either pressing and holding the power button for about 10 seconds, or by cutting all power in case of development board.

Start LiveSuit, if you haven't already done so, and select an image for flashing.

Then, put your device into FEL mode, and attach the USB OTG cable.

LiveSuit should now detect your device and start flashing.

Common pitfalls

Too many devices error

If you try to flash a USB 2.0 Device (such as Cubietruck) from a recent Ubuntu on an USB 3.0 Port, Chances are your device is not flashed as it is recognized by both xhci_hcd and ehci_hcd kernel modules. Try deactivating xhci_hcd (it needs to be blacklisted if it is in the kernel, as on Ubuntu 14.04), or, easier if available, deactivate USB 3.0 in your BIOS.

"Failed to flash firmware: Get Device Stage Failed!"

If you get a dialog window reading:

Failed to flash firmware: Get Device Stage Failed!

While the log in the terminal states:

Fex_Send error: Invalid argument
Fex_transmit_receive Error: ./eFexCore.cpp, 318
Fex_command Error ./eFexCore.cpp 409
cmd_common_verify_dev 85
GetCurrentStage Failed 142 ./DeviceMessage/ASuitDeviceMessage.cpp

Then you are most likely using an older version of the kernel module with a newer LiveSuit binary. Use the latest kernel driver.

While if the log in the terminal states:

open: Permission denied
PANIC : dev_manager_open_raw_dev() : can not open raw dev
cmd_common_verify_dev 85
PANIC : GetCurrentStage() : run verify dev cmd ,fail
PANIC : dev_manager_close_raw_dev() : can not close raw dev
GetCurrentStage Failed 142 ./DeviceMessage/ASuitDeviceMessage.cpp

likely you can overcome this issue unloading the awusb module

modprobe -r awusb.ko 

and try again.

Windows

Please note that this version of livesuit only seems to work on Windows 7.

It fails to run on windows XP, and shows the following error message in a dialog:

Wait for PnpFesIn timeout!

There are similar reports from Windows 8 users.

Download

  • Windows version LiveSuit
  • Please note that PhoenixSuit is actually LiveSuit2.0

Flash

To flash A10 devices with LiveSuit, first you need to let the device go to FEL mode.

Execute LiveSuit.exe and click SelectImg button to select the LiveSuit images you have. Connect your devices to PC with a USB cable. If Windows ask you to install driver, select the driver in the LiveSuit program UsbDriver folder.

MacOS

Download

http://dl.cubieboard.org/software/tools/livesuit/LiveSuit_ForMac.zip

Installation and usage

This zip archive contain a pdf explaining procedure (in english and chinese) and another zip for the software itself.

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